According to new analysis from specialist business ISP, Beaming, UK businesses were, on average, subjected to almost 230,000 cyber attacks each during 2016. The volume of attacks hitting individual company firewalls passed the 1,000 per day mark, on average, for the first time in November last year.
Cyber criminals have shifted their focus to connected devices such as networked security cameras and building control systems that can be controlled remotely over the internet. There was a 310% increase in the volume of attacks seeking out Internet of Things devices between the first and final quarters of 2016. By the end of last year, more than 90% of cyber attacks on UK businesses sought to take control of connected devices in the workplace.
Beaming’s analysis indicates that the number of inbound threats against UK businesses has grown. The company recorded a fivefold increase in the number of unique IP addresses used to launch attacks against UK businesses during 2016. More than 98% originated from outside of the UK.